Apple earnings beat expectation, US$11.1 billion profit for Q3 2015

Macworld Australia Staff
28 October, 2015
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Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter ended 26 September 2015. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$51.5 billion and quarterly net profit of US$11.1 billion, or US$1.96 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of US$42.1 billion and net profit of US$8.5 billion, or US$1.42 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 38 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The growth was fuelled by record fourth quarter sales of iPhones, the expanded availability of Apple Watch, and all-time records for Mac sales and revenue from services.

“Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28 percent to nearly US$234 billion. This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products on earth, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution by our teams,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are heading into the holidays with our strongest product lineup yet, including iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch with an expanded lineup of cases and bands, the new iPad Pro and the all-new Apple TV, which begins shipping this week.”

“Apple’s record September quarter results drove earnings per share growth of 38 percent and operating cash flow of US$13.5 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned US$17 billion to our investors during the quarter through share repurchases and dividends, and we have now completed over US$143 billion of our US$200 billion capital return program.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2016 first quarter:

  • revenue between US$75.5 billion and US$77.5 billion
  • gross margin between 39 percent and 40 percent
  • operating expenses between US$6.3 billion and US$6.4 billion
  • other income/(expense) of US$400 million
  • tax rate of 26.2 percent

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of US$.52 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on 12 November 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on 9 November 2015.

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